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Ugly And Smelly Mildew Ruining Your Front Load Washer? Do These 4 Things.


The front load washer of today is an amazing piece of laundry equipment, compare to the top load washer of yesterday. Well, why do I say this, you may ask? Firstly, the front load washer is more energy efficient-and can extend the life of your dryer. Let me tell you how it can extend the life of your clothes dryer before I get into the other benefits.

The front load washer spin cycle, spins at an amazing speed of one thousand RPM’s, spinning at such incredible speed, wisks the excess water from your garments which will result in less dry time for your dryer.

Here are some other key benefits:

Uses 70% less water than the top loader.

Uses 70% less detergent

Less wear and tear on your clothes, as the front loader does not have an agitator.

The number one complaint from consumers of the front load washer, is that it smells like mold and mildew. What’s the source of the mold and mildew- and how does one solve this problem? After each load, water collects at the base of the door seal also known as the gasket and bellow in the appliance repair arena.

Here are four mold and mildew busting tips:                                                                     freshwerfresher

Pour a half ounce of bleach/clorox and high efficiency (he) in the dispenser (no clothes) -and run a hot wash and rinse cycle.

Saturate a cleaning rag with bleach and clean inside the crevice of the door seal/gasket.

Put an affresh tablet inside the drum every three months and run a hot wash. These tablets can be purchased ($4.95 to $8.00) at the Whirlpool Corporation customer care department, or, at an authorized appliance service company. There are three tablets in a pack. The tablet gives off a pleasant fragrance which deodorizes your laundry center.

Last but not least, after each wash make sure to leave the washer door cracked open. This strategy allows air to circulate inside the washer drum.

I just found this related story to support my theory. Check it out!

The new generation of sleek, high-efficiency machines beg us to make them the centerpiece of the laundry room, but most don’t realize that like most technology, proper usage and routine maintenance are required.

Matt Hillebrand, principal owner of Don’s Appliances, knows this well. His company’s service department takes a lot of calls from customers about this issue. Here is his answer:

“The customer is the main reason for the mold. Most use entirely too much detergent. Manufacturers recommend 1-2 tablespoons of detergent, and customers are using the maximum levels on the bottle tops or the box.”

Yes, you read that correctly, one or two TABLESPOONS per load.

“The washer uses very little water and so you must adjust and lower detergent to accommodate that. We (the industry) are trying to educate the consumer on the front end,” Mr. Hillebrand said.

He also pointed out that owners of high-efficiency washers should be using a detergent brand with the “HE” logo. When you use more than the recommended amount, the soap is not fully rinsed from the machine. Not only is the soap dispenser often clogged but also the rubber gasket in the front door becomes the perfect environment for dark, smelly mold.  Too much fabric softener can also gunk up the dispenser, Mr. Hillebrand said.

And the smell may be only the beginning. The problem can ruin clothes and shorten the lifespan of your very expensive machine.

Source: Rosa Colucci Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette



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